Louisiana Gumbo

4 lg. onions, minced
1 stick butter
2 tbsp. flour
2 qts. hot stock
1 pod garlic, minced
1 c. green pepper, minced
1 c. okra, diced
1/2 c. celery, minced

3 bay leaves
4 tsp. thyme
salt and pepper as desired
1 lb. shrimp, raw, peeled
2 c. cooked crab meat
filé gumbo powder

Sauté onion in butter. Add flour and brown slowly until it turns a dark brown. Then add 2 quarts of stock. Add garlic, green pepper, diced okra, celery, bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir and cook on low 2 – 3 hours. Then add shrimp. Cook 1 hour. Add crab meat. Cook another hour. Serve hot over rice, sprinkle with filé gumbo powder. (Filé gumbo powder can be found in most spice sections or can be left out.)

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